Iowa's 100th E85 station opens

By Erin Voegele | November 03, 2008
Web exclusive posted Dec. 1, 2008 at 10:39 a.m. CST

On Nov. 24, a Johnston, Iowa-based Kum & Go fuel station became Iowa's 100th retail fuel station to offer E85. The station, which installed two dedicated E85 fuel dispensers, celebrated the occasion with a grand opening event hosted by the Clean Air Choice Team.

During the four-hour celebration, E85 was sold for $1.00 per gallon. In addition to the discounted fuel, motorists also had the chance to win several prizes, including ethanol gift cards.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"[The event] had a good deal of interest," said Lucy Norton, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association's managing director. "Many attended the formal program and ribbon cutting ceremony."

According to Norton, grand opening events - such as this one - are part of an ongoing program sponsored through a partnership of the Clean Air Choice Team, which includes the IRFA, the American Lung Association, Iowa Corn Growers, General Motors Corp. and Kum & Go LC.